Property Dispute at Center of Manslaughter Incident
A property dispute over three trees, which began about six months ago, led to the killing of an Oldtown man early Wednesday evening on Packhorse Trail. Sixty-nine year old Alexander Malaska has been charged with manslaughter in the death of 43-year old Dennis Liller. Authorities were called to the scene earlier Wednesday evening, and the situation was thought to have been resolved and officers left the scene. Witnesses said a heated dispute between Liller and Malaska’s son, Mike, had become heated; they said Alexander Malaska came outside with a rifle and fired a .22-calibre rifle as the fight continued. One shot struck Liller, resulting in his death.
Capital Budget Passed by Senate
The Maryland Senate has approved an over $1.1 billion capital budget, with funding approved to make improvements at the C & O Canal National Historical Park in Williamsport. Maryland Senator George Edwards has asked for up to $320,000 in state money for the project , but only up to $175,000 was approved. The request for C & O Canal funding through a bond bill was unusual for Edwards, because the Williamsport section of the park currently is not in his district.
Committee Chair Accepts Changes to Septic Bill
The chair of the House Environmental Matters Committee, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, says she will forgo changes to a bill that regulates where septic systems can be installed, so that the legislation will make through the General Assembly. She says she is encouraging her colleagues to pass the bill as it stands, creating a four-tiered system that limits where new residential subdivisions can be located, especially in the state’s most rural areas.
State Looks to Increase Doctors For Shortage Areas
The state is once again seeking doctors who are willing to practice in needy areas of the state in exchange for up to $50,000 to repay student loans. The Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program began in 1996; since then, about 157 primary care doctors have gone through the program, working in Baltimore City and county, and in other areas like Garrett County. Maryland is expected to pick up to six more primary care doctors this year, and applications are being accepted through April 23rd.
Beitzel Sponsors Wildlife Poaching Act
Delegate Wendell Beitzel has sponsored the “Wildlife Poaching Act,” which penalizes hunters who have animals in their possession illegally. The bill has passed the House of Delegates on a 135 to 1 vote. Hunters could face fines and prison time, and have their hunting licenses suspended for up to five years. The fine could be up to $1500, with up to six months in prison for a first offense.
Teacher of the Year Selected
Mountain Ridge High School algebra teacher Lee Ann Zlomek has been selected as the 2012-2013 Allegany County Teacher of the Year. She, along with five other finalists and four other school-level teacher representatives, were honored at a celebration, held recently at Mountain Ridge High School. This is the 24th annual salute held. She graduated from Frostburg State University in 1999.
Romney Names County Chairs in Advance of Primary
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released a list of county chairs in advance of Tuesday’s primary. In Allegany County, Romney’s chair is Wayne Foote; in Garrett County, it is Brenda Butscher; and, in Washington County, his representative is Marilee Kerns. Romney was the first GOP candidate to visit the state I the weeks leading up to the primary.
Former Tavern Destroyed in Fire
A building, that formerly housed Mother McCree’s Tavern along Route 28 in Springfield, West Virginia, was destroyed by fire early yesterday morning. The building had been vacant for several years. The incident is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, with the cause and origin undetermined as of late yesterday morning. The call was initially received at 4:57 a.m.